The Golden State Warriors have shown what a difference the 3-point shot can make in a basketball game.
The Panola College Ponies are following that example.
The Ponies hit a season-high 24 from behind the arc Saturday evening as they crushed Tribulation Prep 121-61 in a non-conference game at Arthur Johnson Gym.
It was the second win of the season for the Ponies (9-2) over Tribulation Prep, who fell 100-48 the first time the two teams met. The 121-point effort Saturday was also the season-high for points in a game.
The No. 11 Ponies return to action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m at home against Victoria College.
Tribulation Prep held an early 10-6 lead when the Ponies made a mass substitution, putting in five new players.
The change paid immediate dividends as Dominique Jackson and Kamari Brown each scored to tie it up and Cameron Carson drained back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Ponies up 16-10.
Jackson would hit another free throw, Brown would hit a bucket and Jerrel Kelly hit three straight free throws to complete the 16-0 run and make it a 22-10 lead.
Kelyn Pennie and Stanton Rose took over the scoring when the starters returned to the court, opening up a 45-20 lead.
Carson would return for one more session, hitting three more 3-pointers and letting the Ponies open up a 59-28 lead at the half.
Although they didn’t add to their lead in the final minute of the first half, the Ponies showed a great amount of hustle as they made a couple steals and grabbed several offensive rebounds to prevent Tribulation Prep from getting off another shot.
“It was good to see that,” Panola Coach Aaron Smith said. “It was good to see them smiling on the court again, especially after Wednesday night’s loss (to No. 1 Ranger College). It was good to see them playing hard and being unselfish. They’e not going to be able to do that every night. “Having two big conference games coming up on Wednesday and Saturday, we have to be ready. But hopefully having fun will have us ready for those big games we have coming up.”
The second half was more 3-pointers for the Ponies as Carson led the way with 23 points, followed by Jermaine Drewey with 18 points, Pennie with 15 points, Aaron Gedeon with 14 points, Brown with 13 points and Christopher Coley with 12.